Hypospadias is an abnormality of the penis which is usually identified at birth but sometimes it can be missed for several years. It has three features:

  • The opening is not in the correct place - it is usually further back from the tip of the penis on the underside.
  • There is often bending or curvature of the penis ("chordee") which is more pronounced during erection.
  • The foreskin is usually missing on the lower half, giving a hooded or incomplete appearance. The foreskin can sometimes be intact.

It is usually surgically repaired.